Journal of Clinical Toxicology

Journal of Clinical Toxicology
Open Access

ISSN: 2161-0495

+44 1478 350008

Kareem Daouk

University of Michigan and Wayne County Medical Examiner Office, Detroit, Missouri, USA

  • Research Article   
    Patterns of Presentation and Treatment of Opiate Overdoses at the Urban-Suburban Divide
    Author(s): Elizabeth Peacock*, Tim Moran, Maxwell Wheaton, Kareem Daouk, L Hlavaty and Robert Dunne

    Objectives: Heroin, prescription opiate and opioid overdoses have increased over the last decade in the United States. The potency of these drugs available in the communities has also increased. Our Emergency Department (ED) is in a high-volume urban hospital in Detroit, Michigan-Ascension St. John (St. John). This ED treats Acute Opioid and Opiate Overdoses (AOO) daily, often with ventilator support and administration of the antagonist, naloxone. Methods: We performed a retrospective chart review to assess the demographic characteristics of patients with AOO in our ED from 2012 to 2018, and assessed variation and changes in naloxone dosing, treatment and disposition of patients. Charts were identified through pharmacy records of adult patients receiving naloxone in the critical care area of the ED. We excluded charts with di.. View More»

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